Ibeyi - Ash
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #320 / 911
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2017 Ratings: #412
Liked by 3 people
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pitchfork
Their genre-agnostic musicality widens the aura of inclusion, twining downtempo electro-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and fervently slapped cajón percussion that nods to West African Yoruba culture. These are sage, heady dialogues, clearly years in the making.
80
The Skinny

Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz make gorgeous, soulful music centred around their remarkable voices.

80
AllMusic

In the end, Ash is many things: militant, vulnerable, and tender; it is urgent yet unhurried, its sharp edges unapologetically exposed. It is rooted in struggles and seeks victory, not deliverance. It is not only memorable, but indomitable and beautiful.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Ash is an album that tackles difficult ideas and themes, but in the hands of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz these sometimes hard to express feelings are worn as badges of pride as they sing songs of love and defiance.

80
Drowned in Sound
It grows and grows with each listen, and though it has less of an immediate impact than their debut, it has a true sense of journey through its beginning, middle and end, an element often disregarded in an industry gluttonously obsessed with hit singles.
80
Clash
More overtly political than the twin sisters’ debut ... ‘Ash’ serves as a stirring, reflective statement in uncertain times.
80
PopMatters

In their music and lyrics are reflections and observations that ring true, with an urgency that deserves to be felt. Ash is an album that captures this exact moment in time and does so with unquestionable virtuosity.

80
NOW Magazine
The album has tropical rhythms, lush vocals, story-rich lyrics and words in Yoruba, English, French and Spanish, making it a dynamic experience. Nothing about it is slapdash or insignificant.
70
God Is in the TV

Ash is the French-Cuban sisters stepping outside, gathering a large troupe of equally-demoralized followers, waving protest banners and pointing their fingers at injustice.

70
Exclaim!

Ash doesn't feel as world-shifting or momentous as their debut, but operates on a more intimate level.

70
Crack Magazine

With Ash, Ibeyi’s voice is amplified.

70
No Ripcord

Their willingness to embrace worldly influences - and infuse their own urbanity - into their arrangements is crucial with regards to enabling the spirited reveries to accommodate the twins’ extrasensory wordplay, bringing a stability to the arbitrary grooves.

70
The Needle Drop

With Ash, the Diaz sisters return for a sophomore record of soulful, minimal art pop.

jairo0nehemias
67

I Carried This for Years 6.0/10
Away Away 6.3/10
Deathless 6.7/10
I Wanna Be Like You 6.6/10
No Man Is Big Enough for My Arms 6.5/10
Valé 7.0/10
Waves 6.7/10
Transmission / Michaelion 8.0/10
Me Voy 6.7/10
When Will I Learn 6.3/10
Numb 7.7/10
Ash 6.5/10

luisfeacevedo
75

Ash is a modern art-pop and a electro-minimalist album, which takes influences from latin music. This album is kind of vulnerable... but strong at the same time. Beautiful... with a direct and clear message to the listener, but with a kind of weak sound to be honest.
The autotune did work a lot of the tracks, but after listening her ideas full of substance, power, beauty, song ideas that surprisingly fitted the minimalistic production, (they even had Kamasi Washington!) I just feel really ... read more

itsyahboinoah
59

One word to describe this album is "Underwhelming".

jairo0nehemias
67

I Carried This for Years 6.0/10
Away Away 6.3/10
Deathless 6.7/10
I Wanna Be Like You 6.6/10
No Man Is Big Enough for My Arms 6.5/10
Valé 7.0/10
Waves 6.7/10
Transmission / Michaelion 8.0/10
Me Voy 6.7/10
When Will I Learn 6.3/10
Numb 7.7/10
Ash 6.5/10

luisfeacevedo
75

Ash is a modern art-pop and a electro-minimalist album, which takes influences from latin music. This album is kind of vulnerable... but strong at the same time. Beautiful... with a direct and clear message to the listener, but with a kind of weak sound to be honest.
The autotune did work a lot of the tracks, but after listening her ideas full of substance, power, beauty, song ideas that surprisingly fitted the minimalistic production, (they even had Kamasi Washington!) I just feel really ... read more

63

6.3 out of 10

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Track List

  1. I Carried This for Years
  2. Away Away
  3. Deathless (feat. Kamasi Washington)
  4. I Wanna Be Like You
  5. No Man Is Big Enough for My Arms
  6. Valé
  7. Waves
  8. Transmission / Michaelion (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
  9. Me Voy (feat. Mala Rodríguez)
  10. When Will I Learn (feat. Chilly Gonzales)
  11. Numb
  12. Ash
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Added on: August 31, 2017